Meeting people in Cleveland, that is. Area singles say once you get past college and clubbing age, this family-oriented town can be a difficult place to find a match.
So we asked some local singles and dating expert Elana Averbach for suggestions on some of the RIGHT places to be on the lookout for love: Cleveland Museum of Art Mix events, clevelandart.
These monthly Friday-night events attract around 1, art and music lovers looking for a sophisticated night out in a lovely and lively local setting. The huge atrium is perfect for mingling, and the art and entertainers lend themselves to easy conversation openers. You can actually hold a conversation in there, and the chairs are fairly comfortable. Loop is retro-cool, nostalgic-cool and. Meet fellow nature lovers or exercise enthusiasts at hundreds of monthly events, from group hikes to bird-watching and photography clubs.
Bier Markt, West 25th St. This West 25th Street bar is a "hub for high-spirited love connections," Averbach says. The vibe is laid-back, generally attracting a well-behaved latesomething-and-older crowd, not like the meat market of the Warehouse District. Yes, you can find love in a bowling alley. Felice Urban Cafe, Larchmere Blvd.
Another tip from Averbach: Gay and lesbian singles have two networking events specifically for them. Though not exclusively for singles, they do draw a large pool of available Clevelanders: Cleveland Critical Mass, clevelandcm.
Cleveland Society for the Learned, facebook. Mingling is a must at these monthly book swaps around town -- you have to persuade someone to take your book, so you have to talk to lots of people. Although the book club was not intended as a dating service, there have been a few Booker T.
You have to get up close and personal when dancing, so what better way to meet someone new? And while some studios skew toward couples, others are more for singles. Kerry Scanlon, 40, a no-longer-single dancer from North Royalton, suggests Latin Soul Ballroom in Middleburg Heights as "a great place for young people to go to. They have a great salsa night on Thursdays. Whole Foods Foodie Fridays, wholefoodsmarket.
A good time is practically guaranteed at these weekly p. Lending a hand is a great way to meet singles, says Averbach, with a caution: Make sure it's the type of activity both men and women would do. Working in a soup kitchen, for example. The Greater Cleveland area has several MeetUp groups aimed at singles, such as and year old singles, single parents and singles who like to dance.
Other groups, while not singles-only, provide a great way to meet others with very similar interests, such as hikers, vegans, Francophiles and new-to-town. There is no cost to join a MeetUp group; individuals are responsible for paying their own way for activities. Want to leave the matchmaking to someone else? Lunch Date founder Mike Green takes an old-fashioned approach with his year-old matchmaking business. He meets each client and personally matches them on dates based on a range of questions and impressions he garners.